One Man’s Resignation from the Military Industrial Complex’s War Machine

stryker-540pxBrandon Toy writes at Common Dreams:

I hereby resign in protest effective immediately.

I have served the post-911 Military Industrial complex for 10 years, first as a soldier in Baghdad, and now as a defense contractor.

At the time of my enlistment, I believed in the cause. I was ignorant, naïve, and misled. The narrative, professed by the state, and echoed by the mainstream press, has proven false and criminal. We have become what I thought we were fighting against.

Recent revelations by fearless journalists of war crimes including counterinsurgency “dirty” wars, drone terrorism, the suspension of due process, torture, mass surveillance, and widespread regulatory capture have shed light on the true nature of the current US Government. I encourage you to read more about these topics at the links I have provided below.

Some will say that I am being irresponsible, impractical, and irrational. Others will insist that I am crazy. I have come to believe that the true insanity is doing nothing. As long as we sit in comfort, turning a blind eye to the injustices of the world, nothing will change. It is even worse to play an active part, protesting all along that I am not the true criminal.

I was only a foot soldier, and am now a low level clerk. However, I have always believed that if every foot soldier threw down his rifle war would end. I hereby throw mine down.

Sincerely,

Brandon M. Toy
Stryker Engineering Project Management
General Dynamics Land Systems
Sterling Heights, Michigan

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The crux of the NSA story in one phrase: ‘collect it all’

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jul/15/crux-nsa-collect-it-all

How the NSA is still harvesting your online data

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/27/nsa-online-metadata-collection

Inside America’s Dirty Wars

http://www.nationinstitute.org/featuredwork/fellows/3260/inside_america%27s_dirty_wars/

Revealed: Pentagon’s link to Iraqi torture centres

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/mar/06/pentagon-iraqi-torture-centres-link

The Global Intelligence Files

http://wikileaks.org/the-gifiles.html

Leaked HBGary Documents Show Plan To Spread Wikileaks Propaganda For BofA… And ‘Attack’ Glenn Greenwald

http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20110209/22340513034/leaked-hbgary-documents-show-plan-to-spread-wikileaks-propaganda-bofa-attack-glenn-greenwald.shtml

Guantanamo Detainee Begs to Be Charged as Legal Limbo Worsens

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324069104578527012686080732.html

Collateral Murder

http://www.collateralmurder.com

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  • BuzzCoastin

    better late than never
    but it took 10 years to figure it out?

    • Craig Bickford

      What I love to hate is how each generation has to learn what every previous one (or at least the inquisitive ones in that generation) already knew, and sometimes the hard way.

    • rhetorics_killer

      10 years may not be what it seems to you, a heavy sh..load of time. For some reason a lot of people skilled in technical areas may take hard to figure out things relying to philosophy (in a broad sense of the term). Skill may be used as a toy for oblivion.. After what a way has to be followed to reach awareness.

      • Woobniggurath

        Dude, proofread. Or it wont seem like killer rhetoric.

  • DrDavidKelly

    “Some will say that I am being irresponsible, impractical, and irrational. Others will insist that I am crazy.”

    And everyone at disinfo groans and wonders why such a way of thinking is anything but normal …

  • Anarchy Pony

    Y U NO <3 THE EMP1RE?

  • Littlemisteramerica

    I live near this man and recently interviewed him and wrote a story about him. The local paper just ran the story today on the front page.

    The following first two links are links to the story, the Oakland Press story was slightly condensed. WXOU ran the full story. The third link is the audio from the interview.

    http://www.theoaklandpress.com/articles/2013/08/10/news/local_news/doc5206bc6064e68248958471.txt

    http://www.wxou.org/wxou-news/

    https://soundcloud.com/cowanaudio/brandon-toy-interview

  • Jazz

    The only ways to change the system is to remove it or change it from the inside. Everyone makes their choice

  • bsackamano

    Well done. The MIComplex is another wing of the conspiracy with the Banksters and Oil Imperialists. WE THE PEOPLE have to each take some action, no matter how small it may seem, in our own lives in order to fight this insidious parasitic headed by the Rothschilds, Rockefellers and the lesser dynastic families. This is one of the greatest sacrifices short of dying, leaving your employment willingly. You are ONE of the heros of the NEW AMERICA that is coming, despite these oligarchs!

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